The Work Programme

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Great Britain. Department for Work and Pensions.
Date of publication
1 August 2011
Employment, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This document provides an overview of the Work Programme, a major new payment-for-results welfare-to-work programme that launched throughout Great Britain in June 2011. Along with the Universal Credit benefit reforms, it is central to the Coalition Government’s ambitious programme of welfare reform.

The Work Programme is being delivered by a range of private, public and voluntary sector organisations which are supporting people who are at risk of becoming long-term unemployed to find work. It replaces previous programmes such as the New Deals, Employment Zones and Flexible New Deal and represents a long-term investment by government and its partners in seeking to help more people into lasting work.

The programme design combines strong long-term incentives with freedom for service providers to innovate. It is at the leading edge of wider government commissioning of payment-for-results public services.

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